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Sri Agastheeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Agastheeswarar
  Urchavar: Agasthya
  Amman / Thayar: Lopamudra
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Ambasamudram
  District: Tirunelveli
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
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 Festival:
     
  Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April, Aani annual abishek in June-July, Navarathri in September-October, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Sage Agasthya graces in the temple in a standing form with Rudraksha mala in right hand showing the Chin Mudra symbolizing the Jeevatma-Paramatma union and the palm leaves in left. There is Nandhi before his shrine. Sri Chandikeswara graces from a shrine in the prakara. Pujas are performed as to Lord Shiva. Four night pujas are performed on Shivrathri day.  
     
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 Sri Agastheeswarar Temple, Ambasamudram – 627 401, Tirunelveli district. 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Agastheeswarar Temple, Ambasamudram – 627 401, Tirunelveli district.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 4634 - 250 882. 
    
 General Information:
     
 

There are shrines for Lord Nataraja, Nalvar-four celebrated Saivite Saints Tirugnana Sambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar, Sani Bhagwan and Bhairava in the prakara.   

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

Devotees pray for the removal of obstacles in wedding matters and success in their endeavours.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Abishek are performed to Lord Agastheeswarar offering vastras. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Sage Agasthya graces from a separate shrine with his fingers greeting the devotees.  His wife, Mother Lopamudra graces from a shrine holding a bouquet as Ambica.  Navarathri festival is dedicated to Her as to Ambica with special Alankaras.  Agasthya-Lopamudra wedding festival is celebrated in the month of Thai (January-February) on Hastha star day.  In the morning Lopamudra leaves the temple in procession for penance.  Sage Agasthya meets Her in the evening granting his darshan and both return together when the wedding festival is celebrated at night.  This wedding festival is conducted as followed in Shiva temples.

 

It is believed that worshipping Agasthya-Lopamudra in wedding form would bless those waiting for their wedding.  During Navarathri festival, Chokkapanai is burnt in the presence of the sage couple.

 

During the Brahmmotsavam, on the 8th day, a festival of feeding Agasthya takes place with Lord Shiva granting darshan to the stage.  A banquet is organized for Agasthya with all the traditional and famous dishes of Tamilnadu as nivedhana.  Sage Agasthya and Lopamudra draped in green vastras go together to Ammayappar temple, where Lord Nataraja grants darshan to the couple.  Then they return to the temple and accept the feast in the Anna Mandap.  Devotees carry milk pots and offer full body circumambulation-angapradakshina.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Sage Agasthya came to south to balance the level of earth when Shiva-Parvathi wedding took place in Mount Kailash.  On his way to Pothigai hills, he performed Shiva puja in many places including a puja to Lord Kasipanathar in this place.  A Shiva devotee came there to have the darshan of the sage and invited him for lunch knowing that the sage was hungry.  Sage asked him to bring the food to him there itself and was waiting under a tamarind tree.  The sage left for Pothigai as his host did not return in time.  The host was sad and vowed that he would not return home till the sage accepted the food he brought for him.  Sage Agasthya was moved by the Bhakti of the host and granted darshan to him and ate the food.  A temple was later built at this spot where this event took place.

 
     
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